| Monday, February 21, 2005
| STOP BAD BREATH
|Try these Five Maneuvers:
** Be sure you're healthy.
Allergies, sinus trouble, gastroesophageal reflux,
cavities and gum disease can cause bad breath,
so see your doctor or dentist.
** Work on hygiene.
Brush your teeth twice a day and after meals. Remember,
you aren't done until you've brush your tongue. Tiny
food particles in taste buds are an all-you-can-eat buffet
for bacteria! Next, floss daily. Don't believe flossing works?
Grab floss and get to work in the bathroom. Now smell the
floss (gross, but stay with me and you'll be a believer).
That foul odor is what others smell on your breath.
** Keep your mouth moist.
Saliva washes bacteria and debris down the food pipe.
To keep saliva forming, try mints or gum (not sugary nes).
There's evidence that breath freshening cinnamon and plant
oils in gum kill bad breath becteria. And drink lots of water --
slosh it inside your mouth before swallowing.
** Skip stinky food.
As pungent foods move through the body, they're given off
in the breath; brushing won't stop it.
** Get a good mouthwash.
Most work like mints after an Italian meal -- they just
cover odor -- but a few mouthwashes are antiseptic.
Your dentist can point you toward a good brand.
With halitosis, the best defense is a good offense.
(abstracted from USAWEEKEND/ by Dr. Tedd Mitchell
Medical Director of Wellness Program at the
Cooper Clinic in Dallas)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 4:14 AM